Patrick McElnea (b. 1981) is based in Los Angeles, California. His recent video projects explore how imaginations are shared or misinterpreted during intimate encounters, the forms of picture-making that take place under institutional care. His flatwork (painting, collage, photography) examines languages of abstraction that involve symbolic or historical fantasies. These interests converge on the question of creative manipulation (through pixilation, pigment, and phrasing) for ruling processes of legibility such as preventative medicine, primary education, and therapeutic evaluation. A recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, McElnea has had solo exhibitions at Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York and Daniel Weinburg Gallery in Los Angeles. He earned his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2008 and his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004. Teaching appointments include Vassar College, Cooper Union, and SUNY Buffalo.